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Aug 15, 2016

Bloody Weekend in Cayo Starts With San Martin Murder

Clerito Perez

It was a bloody weekend in the Cayo District where two murders have been reported.  In both incidents, in Spanish Lookout and Belmopan, respectively, the victims were hacked to death with machetes.   Tonight, Belmopan police are looking for three persons in connection with an overnight homicide in the San Martin area in the outskirts of the Garden City. Police say that a trio from the Maya Mopan area is responsible for the murder of Clerito Perez and the attempt on the life of his brother, twenty-four-year-old Walter Alvarado. News Five’s Duane Moody traveled west today and has this story.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Around midnight on Sunday, two brothers were viciously chopped in the San Martin area of Belmopan. The incidents occurred minutes apart but turned deadly for thirty-two-year-old Clerito Perez. Minutes after Perez and his young sibling were socializing at a local bar; he was chopped multiple times to the upper body by one of three men about a block away from where he lived.


Santiago Patt

Insp. Santiago Patt, Acting O.C., Belmopan Police

“Police responded to an information on St. peter’s Street in the San Martin area. Police found Mister Clerito Perez, thirty-two years lying on the middle of the road with multiple chopped wounds to the upper part of his body. With the assistance of medical authorities, he was transported to the Western Regional Hospital and where he succumbed to injuries whilst undergoing treatment.”


Clerito was hanging out, drinking with his brother, Walter Alvarado, when they were ambushed by three men—one with a machete in hand. Alvarado was chopped to the head, but taken to the Western Regional Hospital, treated and released. Clerito escaped and ran home. Moments later at the corner of St. Peter’s and St. Matthew’s Streets, he would be mortally injured by the machete assailant.


Voice of: Albina Perez, Mother of Murder Victim (Translated)

“He was drinking here and then went to the bar next door to drink and then from there he went with my other son to drink over the next side. They attacked my other son with a machete and he ran, but they set chased after him. They only came and told me that they had chopped him. We went out running to the scene and saw him bleeding profusely on the ground.  He was close, just around the lane.”


Albina says that her son, Walter, notified her that Clerito had been killed. According to police and Albina, her sons never complained of having problems with anyone.


Insp. Santiago Patt

“Like about twenty minutes before, information is that the brother and the deceased were walking on Belmopan Road when they were attacked; we believe by the same three persons. He received a large chop wound to the head but he was released from the hospital.”


Voice of: Albina Perez (Translated)

“I don’t know. I know they go out and drink, but I am not sure if they have problems out there. The one that died, I don’t know him to get into trouble. And the other goes drinking, but I don’t see how they will have problems with anyone. They are normally alone, but this time they were together.”


Insp. Santiago Patt

“At this time, we are looking at different angles. I have interviewed the brother that survived the injuries and he says that he has no issue with nobody, but we will not leave anything unturned. We will continue working on it and we will update you as soon as we get any further information.”


Police are looking for three persons from the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan in connection with this latest homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.

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